\ ˈvech How to pronounce vetch (audio) \

Definition of vetch

: any of a genus (Vicia) of herbaceous twining leguminous plants including some grown for fodder and green manure — compare crown vetch, hairy vetch, milk vetch

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Examples of vetch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pridgen uses cover crops to block weeds and feed the soil; daikon radishes work to open up the soil without digging, and legumes, such as vetch and clover, add nitrogen to the soil. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 There are many crops that will help with this, to name a few, oats, vetch, rye, clover, Austrian pea, etc. oregonlive, 1 May 2021 Bird vetch was called out by one reader and butter and eggs by another. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2020 Cover crops further bolster the carbon-​farming lifestyle. Sown to enrich the soil rather than for harvest, plants like clovers, vetch, and various inedible radishes and ryegrasses are among the most common. Brian Barth, Popular Science, 1 Apr. 2020 Others were not so: the golden plumes of lady’s bedstraw, or the yellow-and-white buttons of the kidney vetch, or a tiny lemon yellow viola hiding within the tapestry. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2019 Winter rye, vetch and clovers, sown now, are green manures that will crowd out winter weeds. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2019 Others were not so: the golden plumes of lady's bedstraw, or the yellow-and-white buttons of the kidney vetch, or a tiny lemon yellow viola hiding within the tapestry. Adrian Higgins,, 18 Oct. 2019 By the time spring unfolds, the later-blooming types are covered in vetch. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vetch

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vetch

Middle English fecche, veche, from Middle French dialect (Norman & Picard) veche, from Latin vicia; perhaps akin to Latin vincire to bind

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The first known use of vetch was in the 14th century

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24 Jul 2021

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“Vetch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vetch

: a plant that has small flowers and is used to feed farm animals

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